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A Kennebunkport Maine Favorite Goes Gluten Free!

May 25th, 2011 by avadmin

Federal Jack’s BrewPub has long been a dining staple for visitors to Kennebunkport Maine, but it has finally become a place that welcomes gluten free eaters with open arms – and you won’t just have to order salad!  As a casual restaurant

view from Federal Jack's Kennebunkport Maine

Picturesque view from the Deck

that is open nearly every day of the year, it naturally goes on the standby list.  Add its consistency in food quality and water views, and you’ve got an instant fave.  Granted, it’s not fine dining and the food doesn’t take your breath away, but it’s good American chow with a Maine twist, and there’s something for everyone.  And now, that even includes gluten free patrons!

Honestly, I have to credit a guest for alerting me to this change, but boy am I glad she did!  Federal Jack’s was her favorite eatery in Kennebunkport Maine before she was diagnosed with Celiac disease, so when returning with her hubby for their babymoon, they announced their intention to return.  I gave her a few pointers about navigating the menu and encouraged her to talk to the very knowledgeable head chefs.  When she returned, she was ecstatic!  Fed’s has a new gluten-free menu!  In fact, they thought it was so good they went back again.  And again (seriously).

After a review like that, I had no choice but to check it out.  So I went for lunch and asked about it.  There was a whole separate menu with an impressive variety of options.  Yes, salads were among them, but certainly did not comprise a significant portion.  I chose the clam chowder (yes, their chowder is gluten free!) and a salad – I swear, I just wanted veggies, but I didn’t have to.  So while the chowder was wonderful, they did bring me oyster crackers.  This made me a little nervous, so I decided to ask about the change before sampling.  Rick, the bartender (who is amazing, I might add) quickly went back to double check – they’ve revised the recipe, which does look a little different than the old variety.  It was such a pleasure to have real clam chowder without getting sick!  Now I am just going to have to go and sample the rest of the menu, and I hope that all of you gluten-free eaters will enjoy this new staple in Kennebunkport Maine as much as I do.  Enjoy!

Yank's Franks: A Twist on Tradition

May 22nd, 2011 by avadmin

What could possibly be better than an amazing grilled hot dog on summer afternoon in Maine?  A gluten-free hot dog (well, the bun, I mean)!  I have spent half my life pining after that simple treat, and now I can enjoy a wiener along with everyone else, thanks to Yank’s Franks.

The doors opened on Saturday, May 21, 2011 for the first time this season, and they debuted a variety of new menu options, all of which I am sure are fabulous.  But I cared about only one: their gluten free buns.  So a 11:15 a.m., I

Yank's Franks

Now Offering Gluten Free Buns!

strolled in, where I found a line already. And they only opened at 11!  So instead of ordering my usual – a Yank’s Frank with no bun, pickle on the side, I got the works (on a gluten-free bun, of course)!  I could barely contain my excitement, bouncing onto my toes just enough to draw the curiosity of the other patrons.  Janice and George Yankowski, owners of Yank’s Franks (and former innkeepers at the Maine Stay Inn in Kennebunkport), kindly came to my rescue, explaining about their newest addition, which was making me positively giddy.  When I told them I hadn’t had a real hot dog since I was twelve, they understood my eagerness.

Frankly, I was beyond thrilled that when warming my bun they did not put it on the grill with the other buns (risking potential contamination), even though I chose a grilled dog.  Great job, guys! But the best was yet to come.  I couldn’t even tell the bread had been nuked – it was soft, fluffy, and delectable! The perfect complement to my already mouth-watering hot dog.  I just don’t know how they do it!  These frankfurters are the best I have ever eaten.

I quickly devoured this summer treat, smothered in just the right amount of diced onion, ketchup, pickles, and seasoning, and on my way out the door exclaimed, “This made my day!”  Janice and George chirped that they were glad to hear it and chuckled, without really understanding my joy.

Today, after recommending Yank’s Franks to a gluten-free guest, she returned, raving about her experience.  And walking away, she turned back and said, “It just made my day!”  You don’t have to be gluten free to appreciate this fantastic spot for a classic hot dogs, but if you are, don’t miss out something that is sure to make your day – a gluten free Yank’s Frank.